Tuesday, May 13, 2014


Do you know what I love to do? I love to travel. Traveling is one of my all-time favorite things, and even though we don't get to travel as much as I'd like, we have been planning a big trip since we got married-an "anniverarmoon". Because lets be honest, our honeymoon to Mexico was so amazing, I am already longing to be back on the beach with a fruity drink in my hand.  So, as soon as we were back in the United States, I was convincing my husband why I think an anniverarymoon to Hawaii was a must. Also, I think I made up that word anniversarymoon-and I give you full permission to make it a thing.

[One] Hawaii is on our bucket list, and I firmly believe if we don't go now, before babies come into the picture, we might not get the chance to go for YEARS. Of course, you COULD take an infant to Hawaii I suppose, but I can imagine that my trip wouldn't be as relaxing, spontaneous and care free if I had a child to take care. Not to mention I hear babies are money-suckers. I mean that in the nicest way possible-but I knew that once kids come into our lives, we will always find a reason why we don't have the money to spend on vacation.

[Two] Vacations, and even vacation planning, boost happiness. Did you know that just planning a vacation can boost your happiness and mood for up to eight weeks? This is definitely true in my life. Nothing gets me more excited then knowing we have a dream vacation coming up.

[Three] Having something to look forward to gets us through the long winter and those brutal days at work and school. Ronnie is going back to school this fall, and it will be a nice break for us both from the everyday demands of life.

[Four] Adventure is good for the soul, and marriages. I love exploring new places with my husband, I love getting out of Idaho and doing something completely different. I love the new people and food and scenery, and getting to do that with my best friend creates memories that last forever. I'd rather forgo new clothes and a few dinners out in order to save for a vacation. Traveling gives me a fresh perspective and time to connect with my husband in such a unique way.

[Five] Laying on a beach with sun beating down on me, a drink with an umbrella in one hand and a book in the other is seriously one of my favorite activities, and I need more of that in my life.

So you're wondering about the finances right? Vacations aren't cheap, and they're not possible all the time. We were blessed enough to get a decent tax return back this year, and saved that entire thing for our upcoming trip this October. But, theres a few other things you can do to make a trip happen:

  • Plan your vacation during off season when tickets and hotels are cheaper.
  • Plan out the total cost of airline tickets, hotel reservations, food/spending money, and divide that up by the number of months until your trip. If you want to go in a year, you have 12 months to save the amount you need to go, and a year flies by faster than you think. We started planning our anniversary trip last November or December, and its already only 5 months away!
  • Cut out the unnecessary spending-maybe give up dining out, or your daily Starbucks trip, or your online shopping habit. Its amazing how fast that money ads up if you are diligent about saving it!
  • OR, Enter to win a Dream Vacation through RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange! And go on your dream vacation for FREE.
Win a dream vacation you ask? YES! Its true! Through RCI's "Win Your Dream Vacation Sweepstakes," you have the chance to win a dream vacation worth up to $25,000. A total of 40 vacations will be given away in celebration of RCI's 40th anniversary.  People, if you haven't already left my page to go enter, you're crazy. I've already entered, and made my husband enter too because I want to win this trip more than anything. Can you imagine a $25,000 vacation? It sounds like a dream come true to me, and 40 people are going to WIN!

To enter just visit rci.com/sweeps and plan your dream vacation.  You have until June 18th to enter the sweepstakes,and the more you share your dream vacation through social media, the higher your chances of winning. I planned mine to Hawaii, complete with a rental car and all inclusive beverages-now all I am doing is waiting for that phone call that I won. ;) Planning the trip took less than 5 minutes, and I already am feeling happier just thinking about our anniversary trip this October.

Would anything make you happier than winning a dream vacation? Go enter  rci.com/sweeps and take me with you when you win! So tell me, where is your DREAM vacation?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


  1. Awesome! Thanks so much for showing me this! Just entered to Grand Caymans!!

  2. How fun would it be to really win? Ahhh a girl can dream! :)

  3. AHHH Hawaii!! I hope you get to go there :)

  4. HOLY MOLY. If I win, I'll take you with me :)

  5. I LOVE the term anniversarymoon, haha!

  6. I love the anniversary moon idea. Hawaii is such a beautiful place.